Hoverfly: Volucella pellucens
As well as being a large and distinctive hoverfly, Volucella pellucens also has a very interesting biology. Like other species of the genus Volucella, the eggs are laid in the nests of social bees and wasps (a very hazardous operation which often leads to the death of the female) where the larvae feed (unmolested) on the detritus of the colony.
Technical Information: Photographed with a Minolta Dimage Z1.|
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